Movies like 42

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42 (2013)
 7.5
 93K
42 (2013)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 128 min.
Story: The powerful story of Jackie Robinson, the legendary baseball player who broke Major League Baseball’s color barrier when he joined the roster of the Brooklyn Dodgers. The film follows the innovative Dodgers’ general manager Branch Rickey, the MLB executive who first signed Robinson to the minors and then helped to bring him up to the show.
Style: sentimental, serious, emotional, factual, touching, intense, exciting, sincere, uplifting, captivating ...
Plot: baseball, racism, racial segregation, rivalry, against the odds, athlete and trainer, athlete's life, americana, human spirit, rise to the top, hopes, african american, sport, racial prejudice, prejudice, discrimination, contests and competitions, justice, segregation, coach, racial slur, civil rights, society, racial tension, power relations ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, year 1945, year 1946, year 1947, post world war two, year 1948 ...
Place: new york, usa, chicago illinois, brooklyn new york city, new orleans, beverly hills, empire state building manhattan new york city ...

Most similar movies to 42

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, touching and inspirational films with plots about hopes, ambition, sport, underdog, human spirit, redemption and rivalry mostly in Drama, Sport and Biography genres. Some movies like 42: The Blind Side (2009), Invictus (2009), Moneyball (2011), Remember the Titans (2000), McFarland, USA (2015). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 7.6
 323K
The Blind Side (2009)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 129 min.
Story: Oversized African-American, Michael Oher, the teen from across the tracks and a broken home, has nowhere to sleep at age 16. Taken in by an affluent Memphis couple, Michael embarks on a remarkable rise to play for the NFL.
Style: touching, inspirational, uplifting, motivational, emotional ...
Audience: family outing, girls' night
Plot: adoption, human spirit, american football, life, strong female character, parents and children, interracial relations, fish out of water, rising to stardom, misfit, athlete's life, football ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, tennessee, memphis, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
91%
 7.3
 158K
Invictus (2009)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 134 min.
Story: Newly elected President Nelson Mandela knows his nation remains racially and economically divided in the wake of apartheid. Believing he can bring his people together through the universal language of sport, Mandela rallies South Africa's rugby ...
Style: uplifting, inspirational, touching, emotional, sincere ...
Plot: human spirit, rugby, president, idealism, historical character, leadership, racism, apartheid, politician, sport, celebration, blacks and whites ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, year 1995
Place: south africa, africa, cape town south africa, johannesburg south africa, new jersey ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.6
 410K
Moneyball (2011)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 133 min.
Story: The story of Oakland Athletics general manager Billy Beane's successful attempt to put together a baseball team on a budget, by employing computer-generated analysis to draft his players.
Style: captivating, inspirational, realistic, feel good, serious ...
Plot: rise to the top, success, underdog, mathematics, sport, strategy, baseball, manager, statistics, ambition, teamwork, team ...
Time: 80s, 70s, 2000s, 21st century, contemporary
Place: california, usa, oakland california, boston, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
80%
Remember the Titans (2000)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: After leading his football team to 15 winning seasons, coach Bill Yoast is demoted and replaced by Herman Boone – tough, opinionated and as different from the beloved Yoast as he could be. The two men learn to overcome their differences and turn a ...
Style: touching, sentimental, uplifting, sincere, emotional ...
Audience: boys' night, girls' night, teens, kids, chick flick
Plot: racism, racial tension, american football, african american, football, coach, friendship, prejudice, racial prejudice, contests and competitions, human spirit, high school ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: virginia, usa, southern usa, new jersey, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
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 7.4
 38K
McFarland, USA (2015)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 129 min.
Story: A track coach in a small California town transforms a team of athletes into championship contenders.
Style: touching, captivating, uplifting, exciting, sentimental ...
Audience: teens, boys' night, girls' night, kids
Plot: coach, athlete and trainer, human spirit, underdog, teenager, sport, track and field, mentor, dedicated educator, small town, sport team, contests and competitions ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: california, usa, new jersey, texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Million Dollar Arm (2014)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: In a last-ditch effort to save his career, sports agent JB Bernstein (Jon Hamm) dreams up a wild game plan to find Major League Baseball’s next great pitcher from a pool of cricket players in India. He soon discovers two young men who can throw a ...
Style: feel good, touching, sentimental, inspirational, serious ...
Audience: boys' night, girls' night
Plot: baseball, underdog, fish out of water, athlete's life, sport, ambition, against the odds, culture clash, rivalry, contests and competitions, society, athlete and trainer ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: india, usa, california, new jersey, boston
⇓ similarity ⇓
80%
 7.8
 222K
Hidden Figures (2016)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 127 min.
Story: The untold story of Katherine G. Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson – brilliant African-American women working at NASA and serving as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history – the launch of astronaut John Glenn into ...
Style: inspirational, sincere, factual, exciting, touching ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: racism, mathematics, nasa, genius, strong female character, discrimination, space program, african american woman, racial segregation, stereotypes, sexism, prejudice ...
Time: 60s, year 1961, 20th century, year 1962
Place: usa, virginia, langley virginia
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.2
 21K
The Express (2008)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 130 min.
Story: Based on the incredible true story, The Express follows the inspirational life of college football hero Ernie Davis, the first African-American to win the Heisman Trophy.
Style: emotional, uplifting, serious, realistic, inspirational ...
Plot: american football, athlete and trainer, african american, sport, human spirit, racism, ambition, college, success, against the odds, rise to the top, rivalry ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 50s, 1940s
Place: usa, new york, cleveland ohio, texas, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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 6.1
 7K
Pride (2007)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: Germany, USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: In this uplifting film based on a true story, coach Jim Ellis (Terrence Howard) shocks the community and changes lives when, aided by a local janitor (Bernie Mac), he sets out to form Philadelphia's first black swim team. But the odds are ...
Style: serious, uplifting, emotional, inspirational, realistic ...
Audience: kids
Plot: swimming, racism, sport, life is a bitch, ambition, against the odds, rivalry, athlete's life, human spirit, youth, ghetto, interracial relations ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 60s
Place: philadelphia, usa, new orleans, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.2
 46K
Glory Road (2006)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: In 1966, Texas Western coach Don Haskins led the first all-black starting line-up for a college basketball team to the NCAA national championship.
Style: feel good, emotional, serious, sentimental, uplifting ...
Audience: boys' night, girls' night, kids
Plot: basketball, athlete and trainer, underdog, coach, racism, college, teamwork, racial slur, sport team, contests and competitions, championship, career ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, year 1966
Place: texas, usa, mexico, maryland, washington state ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
The World's Fastest Indian (2005)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: New Zealand, Japan, USA
Duration: 127 min.
Story: The life story of New Zealander Burt Munro, who spent years building a 1920 Indian motorcycle -- a bike which helped him set the land-speed world record at Utah's Bonneville Salt Flats in 1967.
Style: realistic, inspirational, feel good, touching, uplifting ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: human spirit, follow your dream, motorcycle race, adventure, against the odds, motorcycle, ambition, hitchhiker, goodhearted, car race, obstacle, optimism ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, year 1914, year 1967
Place: new zealand, utah, california, usa, los angeles ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.2
 115K
Men of Honor (2000)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 129 min.
Story: Against formidable odds -- and an old-school diving instructor embittered by the U.S. Navy's new, less prejudicial policies -- Carl Brashear sets his sights on becoming the Navy's first African-American master diver in this uplifting true ...
Style: inspirational, touching, motivational, emotional, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: human spirit, navy, racism, u.s. navy, african american, military, prejudice, racial segregation, racial discrimination, soldier, dream come true, against the odds ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 60s
Place: pacific ocean, usa, cuba, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.4
 54K
Miracle (2004)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Sport
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 135 min.
Story: In 1980, the United States Ice Hockey team's coach, Herb Brooks, put a ragtag squad of college kids up against the legendary juggernaut from the Soviet Union at the Olympic Games. Despite the long odds, Team USA carried the pride of a nation ...
Style: uplifting, touching, sincere, captivating, factual ...
Audience: boys' night, family outing, teens, kids, girls' night
Plot: ice hockey, underdog, olympics, sport team, coach, human spirit, grudge, sport, contests and competitions, athlete's life, championship, opponent ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 70s, year 1980
Place: usa, new york, milwaukee wisconsin, colorado, minnesota ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Bang the Drum Slowly (1973)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: The story of a New York pro baseball team and two of its players. Henry Wiggen is the star pitcher and Bruce Pearson is the normal, everyday catcher who is far from the star player on the team and friend to all of his teammates. During the ...
Style: sentimental, touching, emotional, uplifting, serious ...
Plot: terminal illness, friendship, sport, athlete's life, ambition, human spirit, baseball, hopes, underdog, rivalry, sport team, professional sports ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: new york, usa, minnesota
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.1
 449K
The Help (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 146 min.
Story: Aibileen Clark is a middle-aged African-American maid who has spent her life raising white children and has recently lost her only son; Minny Jackson is an African-American maid who has often offended her employers despite her family's ...
Style: touching, uplifting, thought provoking, inspirational, emotional ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: racism, maid, friendship, master and servant, discrimination, hopes, civil rights, interracial relations, racial issues, social relations, racial segregation, human spirit ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, year 1963
Place: mississippi, usa, southern usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
The Great Debaters (2007)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 126 min.
Story: The true story of a brilliant but politically radical debate team coach who uses the power of words to transform a group of underdog African American college students into an historical powerhouse that took on the Harvard elite.
Style: realistic, touching, emotional, inspirational, sentimental ...
Plot: racism, debate, teacher, african american, contests and competitions, college, professor, labor union, segregation, mentor, opponent, confrontation ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century
Place: texas, oklahoma, new york, harlem, manhattan new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.0
 70K
Invincible (2006)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Inspired by the true story of Vince Papale, a man with nothing to lose who ignored the staggering odds and made his dream come true. When the coach of Papale's beloved hometown football team hosted an unprecedented open tryout, the public ...
Style: sentimental, captivating, serious, sincere, inspirational ...
Audience: boys' night, girls' night
Plot: underdog, american football, follow your dream, football, against the odds, determination, teacher, sport, team, teamwork, rookie, training ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: philadelphia, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
The Damned United (2009)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: UK
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Taking over Leeds United, Brian Clough's abrasive approach and his clear dislike of the players' dirty style of play make it certain there is going to be friction. Glimpses of his earlier career help explain both his hostility to previous ...
Style: tense, sentimental, sincere, factual, inspirational ...
Plot: soccer, football, ambition, sport, rivalry, training, sport team, athlete and trainer, contests and competitions, friendship, ego clash, career ...
Time: 70s, 60s, 20th century, year 1974
Place: england, yorkshire, europe, northern england, mallorca ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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 6.9
 35K
The Rookie (2002)
Genre: Drama, Family, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 127 min.
Story: Jim Morris never made it out of the minor leagues before a shoulder injury ended his pitching career twelve years ago. Now a married-with-children high-school chemistry teacher and baseball coach in Texas, Jim's team makes a deal with him: if ...
Style: sentimental, uplifting, inspirational, feel good, touching ...
Audience: teens, family outing, kids, girls' night
Plot: baseball, athlete and trainer, underdog, family relations, following a dream, family, sport, baseball coach, against the odds, human spirit, hopes, follow your dream ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 90s
Place: texas, usa, latin america, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
The Rocket: The Legend of Rocket Richard (2005)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: Canada
Duration: 124 min.
Story: In the late 1930s, a young machinist named Maurice Richard distinguished himself as a ice hockey player of preternatural talent. Although that was enough to get him into the Montreal Canadiens, his frequent injuries cost him the confidence of his ...
Style: uplifting, serious, touching, sincere, realistic ...
Plot: ice hockey, rivalry, discrimination, factory, sport, athlete's life, protest, working class, human spirit, contests and competitions, society, life is a bitch ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, 50s, 1930s, year 1955 ...
Place: quebec, boston, new york, montreal, toronto ontario canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.5
 62K
Rudy (1993)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Rudy grew up in a steel mill town where most people ended up working, but wanted to play football at Notre Dame instead. There were only a couple of problems. His grades were a little low, his athletic skills were poor, and he was only half the size ...
Style: feel good, touching, sentimental, realistic, serious ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: football, underdog, american football, working class, college life, ambition, sport team, family relations, aspiration, sport, college, against the odds ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: indiana, usa, new jersey, boston, texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.9
 2K
The Hammer (2010)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: A coming of age drama following the life of Matt Hamill, the first deaf wrestler to win a National Collegiate Wrestling Championship.
Style: uplifting, captivating, sincere, sentimental, touching ...
Plot: underdog, deaf, mute or deaf, wrestling, sport, athlete's life, ambition, against the odds, human spirit, rivalry, hopes, contests and competitions ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.7
 16K
61* (2001)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 129 min.
Story: In 1961, Roger Maris and Mickey Mantle played for the New York Yankees. One, Mantle, was universally loved, while the other, Maris, was universally hated. Both men started off with a bang, and both were nearing Babe Ruth's 60 home run record. ...
Style: sentimental, serious, sincere, feel good, realistic
Plot: baseball, rivalry, friendship, fan, fame, sport, contests and competitions, against the odds, success, obsessive quest, lifestyle, rising to stardom ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, year 1961, year 1998
Place: usa, new york, north dakota, chicago illinois, baltimore ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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Something the Lord Made (2004)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: A dramatization of the relationship between heart surgery pioneers Alfred Blalock and Vivien Thomas.
Style: sincere, uplifting, serious, emotional, realistic ...
Plot: interracial relations, prejudice, human spirit, surgery, medical, racism, university, patient, laboratory, talented, blacks and whites, partners ...
Time: 1930s, 1940s, 20th century, 50s, 70s ...
Place: baltimore, maryland, usa, nashville tennessee, south africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Hurricane Season (2009)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Based on true events amid the wreckage and chaos dealt by Hurricane Katrina; one basketball coach in Marrero, Louisiana just will not give up. Coach Al Collins(Forest Whitaker), gathers other players from hard-hit schools and builds a team actually ...
Style: emotional, touching, sincere, realistic, serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: high school, rivalry, basketball coach, athlete and trainer, human spirit, starting over, contests and competitions, sport team, against the odds, society, youth, hopes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: usa, louisiana, new orleans
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
When the Game Stands Tall (2014)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Family, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: A young coach turns a losing high school football program around to go undefeated for 12 consecutive seasons.
Style: uplifting, captivating, exciting, sincere, serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: american football, athlete and trainer, rise to the top, sport, sport team, ambition, contests and competitions, small town, youth, rivalry, coach, social relations ...
Time: contemporary, 90s, 21st century, 20th century
Place: usa, california, oakland california
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.5
 91K
Selma (2014)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: UK, USA, France
Duration: 128 min.
Story: "Selma," as in Alabama, the place where segregation in the South was at its worst, leading to a march that ended in violence, forcing a famous statement by President Lyndon B. Johnson that ultimately led to the signing of the Civil Rights ...
Style: serious, thought provoking, uplifting, sincere, factual ...
Plot: racism, justice, politics, righting the wronged, civil rights movement, civil rights, racial segregation, human spirit, idealism, african american, fighting the system, discrimination ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, year 1965, year 1963, year 1964
Place: alabama, usa, boston, southern usa, birmingham alabama
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
The Final Season (2007)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 119 min.
Story: True story of Kent Stock, who in the early 90's, gives up a job and ditches his wedding plans to take over as head coach as the Norway High School baseball team. Kent must win over his players and convince them and himself that he can fill ...
Style: realistic, sincere, touching, sentimental, serious ...
Plot: baseball, sport team, coach, small town, ambition, against the odds, one last chance, sport, lifestyle, athlete's life, hopes, contests and competitions ...
Time: contemporary, 90s
Place: iowa, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
The Gabby Douglas Story (2014)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: The true story of Gabby Douglas who becomes the first African American to be named Individual All-Around Champion in artistic gymnastics at the Olympic Games.
Style: realistic, captivating, serious, disturbing, suspenseful
Plot: gymnastics, athlete and trainer, family relations, athlete's life, contests and competitions, rivalry, follow your dream, siblings relations, single parent, rise to the top, prodigy, ambition ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 2011, year 2012, year 2010 ...
Place: usa, new york, iowa, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.1
 11K
Forever Strong (2008)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Rick Penning lives life just like he plays rugby; fast, hard-hitting and intense. When life on the edge lands him in jail, prison ward Marcus Tate offers him a chance to get back in the game by playing for his rival, Highland Rugby. Reluctantly Rick ...
Style: realistic, serious, disturbing, touching, rough
Plot: coach, rugby, dedicated educator, juvenile delinquency, father son relationship, human spirit, ambition, starting over, sport, teenage life, redemption, hopes ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%